Yes, it’s that time again when we all express our new year’s resolutions, most of which we tend to break a few weeks later (well, I do at least.)

I stubbled across this article regarding Jeff Bezos, who I often write about, as I find his contribution to the world of ecommerce invaluable, and I very often find myself inspired by him and his vision.

I tried Jeff Bezos' morning routine of puttering around. It helped me be more organized, relaxed, and enjoy my work more.

“It might surprise you to learn how one of the world's richest men spends his morning.

Jeff Bezos said he likes to spend it "puttering." He once said in a 2018 speech at the Washington Economic club that he wakes up early, reads the newspaper, drinks coffee, and has breakfast with his children. His first meeting is at 10 a.m.

Offering more insight into his morning routine, Bezos said in the speech: "My puttering time is important to me." Along with getting eight hours of sleep a night, he said it gave him energy and helped his decision-making.

There have been countless books and studies exploring the benefits that can be wrought by slowing down and learning to take more time for yourself. It's no secret that doing stuff that makes you feel happy and more relaxed could have a knock-on effect on your performance at work.

I've started to feel like my relationship with work is becoming unhealthy. I'm six months into a new job and eager to impress. I've found myself starting early and working late into the evening.

I often feel quite tired and find it hard to switch between tasks. I've stopped doing things I enjoy, like reading or playing my guitar as much as I used to and constantly feel like I'm putting off important life admin. Perhaps, approaching my mornings differently could help me find a better balance. 

This meant more a mindset change than anything else. Rather than rushing to sit down and get to work at 7.30 a.m. or 8 a.m., I took it a bit slower and made sure I actually did things for myself before starting my day.

I've written enough about productivity in the past and the hacks associated with the likes of Elon Musk, Tony Hsieh, and Eric Schmidt to know that every individual works differently, and they need to fit your own routine.

On the first day, it was cold and I woke up several times during the night, so I prioritized getting a few extra hours of sleep in the morning. Then I went for a walk around the block and didn't worry about sitting down to start work too quickly.

Other mornings, I woke up earlier and spent time washing up, reading, sorting urgent household bills, or just going for a longer morning walk. I'd start thinking about work at around 8 a.m. — browsing the news and roughly planning my day — while doing other things. But I didn't properly sit down until nearer 9 a.m. My first meeting was at 10 a.m.

Looking back, at the end of the week, I definitely feel more organized. I had time to think and properly plan my day. I also felt more relaxed and generally less distracted during the work day because I was able to deal with any pressing life admin early on.

Of course, this doesn't guarantee that I'll be more productive and doesn't remove the pressing deadlines that come up at work, but I felt like it set me up better for the day, and I certainly didn't feel less productive.

Now, there are some caveats.

It's not possible to putter every day because sometimes there are just busy periods. This is something Bezos referred to when he said he doesn't believe in work-life balance, but instead a "work-life harmony."

It's also not hard to see how the temptation to putter too much could seep into the rest of the work day. It required discipline to pull myself from the sofa and work. Working from home inevitably helped though.

On a more, broader point, not everyone has the luxury of being able to slow down. I'm lucky that I have a job that enables me to have relative control over my day; I have no caring responsibilities and an editor who gives me the freedom to putter around for the sake of a productivity feature.

Sadly, not everyone is blessed with understanding managers or job security.

Hopefully, though it can serve as a wider lesson, though: that it's OK to try and take more time for yourself.” ( source – Stephen Jones – Insider )

So, whether you need to slow down or even speed up, I wish you well with you new years resolutions and if one of those is to take a little better care of your pride and joy, here are a few of our favorites to keep your beauty shining into 2022.

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